Ovington, County Durham
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Ovington is a hamlet on the south bank of the River Tees in County Durham in the North East of England, situated close to Barnard Castle. Lying within the historic boundaries of the North Riding of Yorkshire, the hamlet along with the rest of the former Startforth Rural District has been administered with County Durham since 1 April 1974, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972.
Home to the famous Ovington maypole, the tree for the maypole was felled and then erected by George Kidson MM, a former resident of the village who lived there for 83 years. All the daffodils that spring every year are also thanks to George Kidson who planted all them around the small village. The maypole was recently replaced with a new maypole donated by Wycliffe Hall. The new maypole stands tall in the centre of the green and two large chunks of the former maypole have been made into benches on either side of the green.
The Maypole was snapped off at ground level by storm force winds on Monday 9 November 2015. It is hoped to replace it with a similar sized pole as soon as one can be sourced and the relevant legalities and paperwork completed.